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Canning Fermented Pickles

Traditional fermented then canned pickles

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Want to enjoy the flavor of fermented pickles all year long? This recipe involves a quick fermentation for flavor, then uses a boiling water bath canner to preserve the pickles in their brine. These shelf-stable pickles will last in your cupboard for a very long time!

Ingredients

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  • 2 lbs pickling cucumbers
  • 1 liter (4 cups) of water
  • 2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of non-iodized salt
  • 2 dill flowers or sprigs of dill weed
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tsp pickling spices (optional)
  • Tannins (see notes)

Instructions

  1. Wash the cucumbers and trim off the blossom ends. Cut up the larger cucumbers as required.
  2. Pack cucumbers into a container for fermenting. (See notes for more details).
  3. If you are fermenting in several jars (rather than 1 large crock), divide the spices between the jars. For example, in a large mason jar, add in 1-2 cloves of garlic, 1 sprig of dill, and 1 tsp of pickling spice.
  4. Combine water, vinegar and salt to make a brine.
  5. Pour the brine over the cucumbers.
  6. Allow to ferment somewhere cool and dark for 2-3 weeks. If you are open air-fermenting (see notes) check the pickles every 2-3 days, and skim off the foam/scum and top up the brine as needed. The pickles are finished when they have changed from bright green to dull green and have a delicious fermented flavor.
  7. Remove the pickles from the brine. Then strain the brine into a small pot, discarding the dill, spices and garlic.
  8. Pack the pickles into canning jars.
  9. Bring the strained brine to a boil and pour over the pickles, leaving 1/2 inch headspace.
  10. Using snap lids, process the jars in a boiling water canner (10 minutes for 500 mL (pint) jars and 15 minutes for 1 L (quart) jars).

Notes

  • Tannins: Pickles will become soft and mushy over time. While removing the blossom end helps, you can also add a source of tannins like a grape leaf, 2 Tbsp of grated horseradish root, or a pinch of black tea.
  • Jars: You can find more information on the different containers that can be used for fermenting pickles here
  • Water bath canning: If this is your first time canning, check out this post for more information.

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